Social Pushback On Slurs Does Not Violate Free Speech Rights

When someone tells you not to call black people “niggers” or women “cunts” or gays “fags” or transgender people “trannies” or the mentally disabled “retards” or your enemies “assholes”, “douchebags”, “idiots”, or “stupid”, etc., this is not a free speech issue. It’s a how-to-use-speech-without-being-abusive issue. I would vociferously defend the legal rights of people to use all [Read More...]

“Why Do We Need Feminism, Shouldn’t We Just Be Humanists and Equalists?”

A lot of people say that of course they believe in equality for women, but they oppose feminism. Or they say that they’re not a feminist, they’re a humanist. So why should humanists and egalitarians also be feminists? Why isn’t being a feminist superfluous to egalitarianism and humanism or, even worse, somehow anti-humanist or anti-egalitarian? Let’s start [Read More...]

Why Do We Need Labels Like “Gay”, “Bi”, “Trans”, and “Cis”?

In this post I want to address skepticism about identity labels. I want to deal with people who say things like the following: People shouldn’t have to identify as gay or straight or bi, they should just be people. Or People shouldn’t identify as gay or bi because that’s defining yourself by who you want [Read More...]

Nietzsche, New Atheism, and Me

Every now and then a religious apologist comes along and bashes the New Atheists for being far shallower than the great atheists of yore. And when they reach into history for shining examples of admirably honest and deep atheists who had something at least worth taking seriously, they invariably laud Nietzsche. David B. Hart devoted [Read More...]

The “Tranny” Debate: A Musing in Two Anecdotes, a Comparison, and a Proposal

This is a guest post by Das Janssen. Das Janssen is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Chicago State University and a member of several of Chicago’s overlapping queer communities.  His lifetime quest is to avoid having the last word.  The word “tranny” has become the center of a lively debate in recent weeks. Some say the [Read More...]

Ignoring Gods As A Kind of Atheism

There are at least four broad, often overlapping, meanings someone could intend with the word atheist. Some argue that there is a preponderance of reasons against believing in personal/interventionist gods that affect human history and thus they are atheists in the sense that they affirmatively disbelieve in all gods or, even, claim to know that [Read More...]

Not My Father’s Son–A Documentary About Nate Phelps

Please consider donating to help make this documentary about Nate Phelps, the atheist, pro-LGBT son of the infamous Fred Phelps of the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. (If you donate through Recovering From Religion, your donation becomes tax deductible.) I consider this documentary to be a potentially vital contribution to our cultural discussions about the marginalization [Read More...]

It’s All A Lie.

A funny satirical short video comments on the ways people frame their lives as better than they are on social media. [Read more...]

From Batman to Birdman…

25 years ago today (I will always remember the date), I had one of my happiest filmgoing experiences from my childhood as I saw Tim Burton’s Batman on the day of its release. I remember spending that whole summer at camp with everyone wearing the Batman logo ubiquitously used to market the film and kids [Read More...]

John Oliver Brings Hilarious Skeptical Education

John Oliver is doing a spectacular job in his show of mainstreaming the sorts of critical analyses that you often have to turn to the scientific community or the skeptics community for. He’s hilarious and entertaining and educative. I was never a huge fan of his before but I am very grateful for the way [Read More...]


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